Julie Pun-Man Kuok
As a Steinway artist being active in performance, composition and music education, Julie is currently a piano faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Baptist University, as well as a music consultant of the London College of Music (Hong Kong). She was the hostess of the "ABRSM" piano exam" at the RTHK radio 4 from 2014-2016 and has been acting as jury in competitions such as Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition, Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition and Hong Kong International
Open Competition, etc. She had been interviewed in the Cable TV program “Close to Culture” as one of the top ten Hong Kong young musicians.
Graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Music in London, Julie benefited much from the tutelage of Gabriel Kwok, Sedmara Rutstein, Piers Lane and Ruth Nye. Since 2000, Julie has formed the "HK Duo" with Hui Ling (Facebook: HKDuo;
Youtube: HKDuo; www.hkduo.com ) giving local and overseas concerts premiering several of arrangements and new compositions. She had also performed with several orchestras including the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, the Nanjing Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chamber Wind Philharmonia, the Xinjiang Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra.
Julie had been commissioned to write music by several organisations like the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Good Hope School, the Chinese Woman’s Composers association and the Hong Kong Flute Academy etc. Her compositions range from piano solo, chamber, choir works to “Ode to Yardang” for piano and orchestra which she premiered in Xinjiang with enthusiastic reception. Her “Mahjong On Stage!” for 4 pianists on 4 pianos and a video clip had captured attention from the social media. Her “Tableau for 48 fingers” for 24 pianists on 4 pianos were one of the Ten Music Headlines in 2008.
Julie's publication includes “The Fantasy of Little C” and "Birthday Dada" for piano solo, "Nocturne" for two pianos, the HKDuo cd album "In a glimpse" published under Tammy Records, the lecture demonstration dvd on the 62nd Hong Kong Music Festival piano competition repertoire published under Brio, and a song cd album with lyrics by Yu Kwong Chung produced by RhapsoArts.